Germany powered past Brazil today, winning 45-12 in Leipzig. The result maintains Germany’s perfect record against Brazil. Moreover it was the largest score posted in the five matches played between the countries.
Germany entered the match as favorites. This was on the back of winning the previous test matches. They did so in Joinville and São Paulo in 2015 by score-lines of 28-12 and 31-07. Then in 2016 the Germans hosted two test matches, winning them 16-6 in Heidelberg and 36-14 in Leipzig.
Germany’s win today came about through technical and tactical superiority. The visitors from South America were inept for periods of the opening have as a well-prepared Germany played all of the attacking rugby.
To complicate the task facing Brazil they lost second-rower Lucas Piero to an early yellow card. But rather than this harm Brazil it actually helped them. Indeed replays showed a clear punch on the ground to an opponent. Yet with there being no TMO Piero was let off lightly.
Center Mathieu Ducau opened the scoring. His well taken try was a warning of Brazil’s necessity to tighten their defense. The early score was unconverted before Germany quickly added two more. Tight head prop Samy Füchsel barreled his way over before Jaco Otto continued his record of scoring in all games against Brazil.
In quicktime Germany had mounted a 19-0 lead. Any hope of a Brazilian fightback in the first half was crushed when Germany scored try number four. Ayron Schramm’s try was converted by Raynor Parkinson who landed his third of the match. With it Germany went into halftime leading 26-0.
The second half started by replicating the first. Hooker Yan Rosetti was yellow carded, restoring Germany’s one-man advantage. Making Brazil feel for the loss of their captain was Schramm, the No 8 scoring his second try.
Impressive play from the forwards sucked-in Brazilian defenders. With it space opened up enabling a well-taken try to be scored by Nikolai Klewinghaus in the left corner. It was unconverted and ended Germany’s dominance in the game up until that point.
Brazil responded to open their scoring. Outside center Felipe Sancery touched down to the delight of his teammates. Fly half Josh Reeves added the extras, making it a 38-7 score-line in the final quarter.
The teams scored once each to close out the match. Hooker Dasch Barber went over for Germany while André Arruda did so for Brazil.
Both teams return to play again next Saturday. Germany play host to the USA in Wiesbaden while Brazil travel to Brussels to face Belgium.
Tries – M. Coetzee (6’), S. Füchsel (13’), J. Otto (23’), A. Schramm 2 (35’, 43’), N. Klewinghaus (49’), D. Barber (62’)
Cons – R. Parkinson 5/7 (14’, 24’, 36’, 44’, 63’)
Tries – F. Sancery (56’), A. Arruda (77’)
Cons – J. Reeves 1/2 (57’)
Yellow cards – L. Piero (3’), Y. Rosetti (42’)
1 Jörn Schröder (19 Julius Nostadt 48’), 2 Dasch Barber (16 Gilles Valette 71’), 3 Samy Füchsel (17 Antony Dickinson 66’), 4 Michael Poppmeier, 5 Eric Marks, 6 Sebastian Ferreira (20 Jarrid Els 50’), 7 Jaco Otto (24 Marcel Henn 59’), 8 Ayron Schramm, 9 Sean Armstrong (capt.) (21 Tim Menzel 48’), 10 Raynor Parkinson, 11 Nikolai Klewinghaus, 12 Wynston Cameron-Dow, 13 Mathieu Ducau (22 Jamie Murphy 70’), 14 Pierre Mathurin (23 Steffen Liebig 70’), 15 Marcel Coetzee
1 Lucas Abud (18 Michel Gomes 71’), 2 Yan Rosetti (capt.) (16 Endy Willian 78’), 3 Caíque Silva (17 Matheus Rocha 71’), 4 Lucas Piero, 5 Gabriel Paganini (20 Matheus Daniel 55’), 6 Arthur Bergo, 7 Cleber Dias, 8 André Arruda, 9 Douglas Rauth (21 Matheus Cruz HT), 10 Josh Reeves, 11 Stefano Giantorno (23 Lucas Muller 58’), 12 De Wet van Niekerk, 13 Felipe Sancery, 14 Lucas Tranquez (16 Endy Willian 48’-52’) (22 Moisés Duque 52’), 15 Daniel Sancery
Not used: 19 Mauricio Canterle
Referee: David Wilkinson (IRFU)
Assistants: Nigel Correll (IRFU) & Oisin Quinn (IRFU)